March 9, 2013

No. 3 Cortland Hands No. 9 Franklin & Marshall First Loss

from press release

LANCASTER, PA. – Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) and freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) each scored seven points to lead the nationally third-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team to a 15-9 victory at ninth-ranked Franklin & Marshall Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Diplomats fell to 2-1. The teams played to the exact same score at Lancaster last season.

Di Fato recorded five goals and two assists, and Geremia tallied three goals and four assists for Cortland. Junior Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two goals and one assist, senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) scored twice, junior Liz Beville(Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) had one goal and one assist and sophomoreEmma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) each netted a goal.

Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) registered 10 saves. Junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded a game-high five caused turnovers, and Di Fato caused three turnovers and collected three ground balls. Hayes-Hurley and senior Natalie Melaniff(Wantagh) each won three draw controls.

Senior Maggie Mae Shields (Bryn Mawr, PA/Baldwin School), juniors Caroline Krohn (Baltimore, MD/Towson) and Ali Kelly (Wayne, PA/Radnor) and sophomore Brittney Jorgenson (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg Country School) led Franklin & Marshall with two goals apiece. Freshman Anastasia Mergner (West Caldwell, NJ/James Caldwell) added a goal, and junior Mary Mitchell (Wilbraham, MA/Suffield Academy) chipped in with two assists.

Junior goalie Kelsey Hoffman (Arlington, MA/Buckingham Browne & Nichols) turned aside six shots. Shields and senior Jen Noon (Baldwin, MD/Bryn Mawr) each recorded three caused turnovers, while Krohn registered a game-high seven draw controls.

Cortland took a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game on a goal by Campese and back-to-back scores from Di Fato. The Diplomats pulled to within 4-3 by scoring three of the next four goals, but the Red Dragons closed the half by outscoring Franklin & Marshall, 6-1, over the final 15 minutes for a 10-4 lead at the break. Both Di Fato and Geremia recorded two goals and two assists in that span.

Kelly opened the second half with a goal 1:13 into the action to make it 10-5 before Cortland took control of the game by netting five of the next six goals for a 15-6 advantage with 9:44 to play. Five different players found the back of the net for the Red Dragons during the stretch. The Diplomats closed the game with the final three goals, two by Jorgenson, for the 15-9 final.

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